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NAS Hosts Convenings on the Importance of Replication and Reproducibility in Science and Behavioral Science in the Intelligence Community

October 9, 2019

On September 24, the National Academies of Science brought together leaders of federal science agencies, researchers, and representatives from scientific societies and foundations for the Reproducibility and Replicability in Science: Next Steps Symposium. 

The report and convening are a response to a request from Congress to assess current reproducibility and replicability across fields of science, offer recommendations for improving rigor and transparency in

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NICHD Releases Strategic Plan and NIMH Advisory Councils Meet

September 25, 2019

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) released their strategic plan at their Advisory Council meeting on September 18. The last time NICHD updated their mission and plan was 20 years ago.

As readers may recall, FABBS had submitted comments back in February in response to the draft plan. While it is clear that NICHD gave careful consideration to comments and that the revision addresses some of the concerns we expressed, it still lacks

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NICHD Appoints a Neuropsychologist as Deputy Director, OSTP Releases Budget Priorities for FY21

September 11, 2019

Credit: National Institutes of Health

Alison Cernich, Ph.D., has been selected as deputy director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Dr. Cernich will assist the NICHD Director in overseeing the institute’s research programs in biological, behavioral and clinical research related to conception and pregnancy, typical and atypical development in childhood, reproductive health, and medical

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Importance of Behavioral Factors and Social Determinants Highlighted

August 21, 2019

Social and behavioral factors affect life-course development and are a topic of interest in Washington DC.

A report, “The Promise of Adolescence; Realizing Opportunity for All Youth,” was recently released by the National Academies Board on Children, Youth, and Families, a division of the National Academies of Science. This document on the adolescent brain outlines key changes in brain structure and the impact of social factors on young people’s development during

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